I hope everyone partakes in the act of missing at one point in their lives. Good news is, I believe everyone has and will many a time. I sure know I have (and let’s be real. i will.)
One misses the simplicity of childhood. Another misses a relationship; a relationship that may never be reconciled, but is not irreconcilable (might I add). Others miss a location and the way it was familiar and safe feeling. Nostalgia is a beautiful thing.
Missing can be a blessing in disguise. When we miss, we have something or someone to miss. What we miss typically was good and naturally we often cling to our discerned goodness of life.
I believe even Christ partook in missing. I would guess Jesus missed His Father in Heaven. However, Christ did not allow this emotion to take away from His purpose on earth. Christ was thankful for God the Father, but He also was thankful for creation, its inhabitants, and the work to be done therein.
I challenge you (along with myself (of course)) to be more like Christ through the way you choose to miss.
Realize it is okay to have times where you feel a bit down because of change. These occasions are in fact another opportunity to rely of Christ whom our strength comes from.
Also try and recognize missing as an emotion. As a blessing in disguise. You may miss beauty in your past, but do not allow it to rob the present.
Isaiah 43:18-19 “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (NIV)
I want to ask us all to think about something. Are you and I perceiving what God is doing in our lives? Are we letting our past get in the way of the present, or are we turning our recollection of the past into a grateful heart?
God has paramount plans for us all. May we celebrate joys from the past, learn from former failures, and live working to perceive and do like Christ in the present day.
Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (ESV)
*This entry is sort of for all the collegiate students out there (especially the freshies- you can do ittttt)*